Government support to help with the cost of living

There are a few different one-off payments you may be able to get depending on your circumstances.

Energy bill support for every household

Every household will get £400 off of their electricity bill as part of the Energy Bills Support Scheme. You don't need to do anything for this payment, and you won't need to pay it back.

It will be added to your energy account over six months starting from October 2022. If you have a prepay meter, it will be added to your meter or you will be given vouchers.

There's more information about how this works on Gov.UK.

Further energy bill support

There is various types of support you can learn more about on GOV.UK, including:

Household Support Fund

There's some funding available from local councils to help support those most in need with rising living costs. The includes

  • Help for pupils eligible for Free School Meals
  • Help for low-income pensioners
  • Help for low-income households

View the Household Support Fund page for more information.

If you get benefits based on your income

The government will give you £326 as a Cost of Living Payment.

You will get this payment if you receive:

  • Universal Credit
  • Pension Credit
  • Working Tax Credit
  • Child Tax Credit
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Income Support

If you get Working or Child Tax Credit, you will receive your payment in autumn 2022.

A second Cost of Living Payment will be sent later in 2022.

If you get a disability benefit

You'll get £150 paid to you in September 2022. You'll receive this automatically if you get any of the following:

  • Disability Living Allowance
  • Personal Independence Payment
  • Attendance Allowance
  • Armed Forces Independence Payment
  • Constance Attendance Allowance
  • War Pension Mobility Supplement

If you get winter fuel payments

If you get Winter Fuel Payments and you're over State Pension age, you'll get an extra £300. This will come with your usual Winter Fuel Payment in November or December.

You should start receiving Winter Fuel Payment automatically once you reach State Pension age, but sometimes you may need to apply. You can find out how to apply for Winter Fuel Payment on Gov.UK.